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13 December 2013

Worldwide campaign 'One Billion Rising For Justice': A billion people dance to oppose violence against women

Under the title "One Billion Rising for Justice", people around the world are being called on to dance for an end to violence against women on February 14, 2014. This global movement was initiated in 2013 by the American women’s activist Eve Ensler with her appeal to "Strike! Dance! Rise!" on Valentine’s Day. medica mondiale is supporting this campaign opposing violence against women.

According to United Nations statistics, one third of all women and girls will be beaten or raped at least once in their lives. That adds up to one billion women and girls around the world. On February 14, 2013, people in 160 countries took part in the protests against this, expressing their solidarity and common power by means of dance. Staff and partners of medica mondiale also took to the streets of Cologne, Kabul and Monrovia to demonstrate for an end to this violence.

The campaign will take place again this coming February. Each and every one of us can take part! Jeannette Böhme, Advocacy and Human Rights Officer at medica mondiale, is very enthusiastic: "This day of action is a great opportunity to become active. By taking part in an event or organising a creative action we can send the right signal – for an end to this violence."

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e is calling on women and girls, and men and boys alike to dance in public on Valentine’s Day 2014 for a non-violent way of living together. Take part now! You can find out where and how on the One Billion Rising website: